I just want to thank the amazing Karen for her wonderful idea and prompt. This is the time of the month when inspiration leaves and I am swamped with work and life. So, I am happy for any topic idea and I love this idea of 10 days of Thanksgiving. I feel blessed and lucky everyday.
I feel most blessed when I am sitting at home snuggled up on my couch with a kids on either side of me. That is home. Home is my children and my husband. We are so fortunate to have a good roof over our head (no matter how much work it still needs) that is currently warm. Yet, the physical structure isn’t what makes it home–its everything else. It’s my husband, my kids and our pets. It’s the clothes on the floor after a long day of playing and being together. It’s the dishes in the sink after a homemade meal where we sit around the table and talk about the best parts of our day. It’s the balls randomly on the floor after an impromptu game of catch.
I use to wish that our house was cleaner, but then I realized it isn’t because we live in our house. We have fun in our house. We do arts and crafts, then cook, then play a game. Our house is a product of our lives and I wonder what I would have to sacrifice to have a house that matches that of my family and friends who don’t have two active kids who are always busy. And what I would have to sacrifice isn’t worth it. If it means less time with my kids (which is already limited because of school and work) then it just isn’t worth it.
Home is my family. I am so happy to remember that. Because the next time I trip over a ball, instead of cursing, I’ll remember it’s there because we are living together. And in the grand scheme of things the only thing that really matters is that we are together as a family–not that my house is spotless. My house gets messy as we make it our home.